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The Living Classroom (Norton Lane, Durweston, Blandford. DT11 0QE.)

is a very special place in a beautiful glade in the woods. It is a great opportunity to spend the day walking, looking and drawing in a very unique environment as there is no vehicle access to the site outside of specified dates and courses.

The Living Classroom is run by the Dorset Coppice Group. It comprises an area of approximately 30 acres of mixed, broadleaved woodland known as Bonsley Wood, together with a classroom, toilets, water and power.


This workshop is about using drawing as one of the best ways of seeing and absorbing visual information and learning new ways of expressing it. It is suitable for all levels of ability.

Woods and trees give an ever changing source of inspiration for drawing and no more so than in this beautiful location. We can walk a short path to where the Dorset Coppice Group burn their own charcoal and see how it is produced in a sustainable and more environmentally friendly way than mass produced charcoal.


By the end of the class you will have a creative collection of studies and ideas that you can use as inspiration for developing further work if you wish as well as some finished work.

Classes are very relaxed and are for all abilities. We can start inside the Living Classroom with the big double doors opening into the woods and then, weather permitting, work outside where  there are numerous beautiful places to sit and settle in. There will be plenty of help and tuition during the day. 
All materials are provided. £75. Maximum 8 people

Teas and coffees supplied. Bring a packed lunch.

Projects include:

Drawing with a variety of natural and compressed charcoal

Drawing with rubbers and cloths into charcoal

Creating varying qualities of lines, marks and smudges

Using different papers and primed surfaces to draw on

Learning about ways of fixing charcoal

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Cancellation Policy


More than 4 weeks prior to course: A full refund will be given.

1-4 weeks prior to course: 50% of course fee will be retained.

Less than 7 days’ notice: 100% of course fee will be retained.

If you do not attend a course and have not previously informed me, 100% of the fee will be retained 


I will keep you informed if there is any threat of a course not running or if there are not enough participants to make it viable. I will cancel at short notice only in the case of an emergency, such as illness or extreme weather affecting access to and use of the building.

If I have to cancel a course 100% of course fees will be refunded.

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